- May be preference for families from many ethnic backgrounds.
- Cultural expectations for family care may put extreme stress on family members.
Day care, residential/assisted living, and nursing home care concerns
(Barresi & Stull, 1993; Kayser-Jones, 1996)
- Ethnically appropriate food important for health and healing.
- Symbolism such as images, color, clothing, décor, numbering, and furniture arrangement can be a source of comfort or discomfort (e.g. room numbers with “4” in them are considered unlucky by some Chinese families).
- Monolingual non-English speaking elders can be very isolated.
- Cultural celebrations, holidays, activities are important.
- Cultural taboos need to be learned and respected.